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Shekarau highlights need to teach Science and Technology in indigenous languages

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Senator Ibrahim Shekarau

Maude Rabiu Gwadabe

The senator representing Kano Central constituency, Ibrahim Shekarau has asked about plans to teach Science and Technology in Nigerian languages.

Mr Shekarau asked the question during the screening of former Minister of Science and Technology, Ogbonnaya Onu as a ministerial nominee at the Senate on Wednesday.

“While minister you were recorded to have said at a certain function that until and unless we begin to teach Science and Technology in our local languages we may not reach up to that position of competing with other nations.” He said.

“What have you done to initiate that vision of teaching Science and Technology in local languages and to what extent did you collaborate with the ministry of education to implement the vision?” He asked.

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Responding, Mr Onu said a joint committee of staff from the two ministries has been meeting on the issue.

He assured the senator that the committee’s report would be submitted to the federal government for necessary action.

Mr Onu added that Nigeria’s vision includes producing Nobel laureates in Physics, Chemistry and Medicine.

He said the nation cannot achieve that without teaching Science and Technology in indigenous languages at primary and secondary schools level.

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